William Woods University Awarded Business, Accounting Accreditation

William Woods University alumna Lacee Floyd is a prime example of student success in business and accounting at WWU.

Lacee Floyd, a recent William Woods University graduate, is now an associate wealth manager.
Lacee Floyd, a recent William Woods University graduate, is now an associate wealth manager.

The university prides itself in providing students, like Floyd, with an education that allows them to successfully accomplish their professional and personal goals. In recognition for these achievements, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has recently awarded accreditation to the William Woods business and accounting programs.

“William Woods University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said Dr. Steve Parscale, ACBSP chief accreditation officer.

“This accreditation is evidence that William Woods University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students,” Parscale said. “By simultaneously pursuing separate accreditation for its accounting program, William Woods University has set a new standard of quality for their accounting and business degree programs.”

Floyd, a member of the women’s golf team and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete, graduated in 2014 with a double major in accounting and business administration. She credits the business and accounting programs at William Woods for much of her success.

Ilana Archuleta earned  her bachelor's degree and MBA at WWU and  is event and sponsorship coordinator at Missouri Wines.
Ilana Archuleta earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA at WWU and is event and sponsorship coordinator at Missouri Wines.

“My professors pushed me to excel in projects, organizations and positions that I did not know I was capable of, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” Floyd, a native of Colorado, said.

“The amount of extra hours and effort our professors put in made it evident as to how much they cared about the success of every student in their program. I am very proud of our professors for achieving this accreditation, but it only authenticates what I and many other business/accounting alumni already knew about the program!”

As a junior, Floyd won first place in the Collegiate DECA International Competition in Entrepreneurship. As a senior, she was recognized as WWU’s Distinguished Scholar in Business Administration. She completed her MBA this spring and landed an associate wealth manager position with Rowland Carmichael Advisors in Scottsdale, Arizona.

ACBSP’s Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners will present the

Brenda Popp (right) confers with Amy Faus during a business class. Now a human resources representative and recruiter for Dollar General, Faus is originally from Waterloo, Illinois.
Brenda Popp (right) confers with Amy Faus during a business class. Now a human resources representative and recruiter for Dollar General, Faus is originally from Waterloo, Illinois.

Certificates of Initial Accreditation and Initial Accounting Accreditation June 14 at the ACBSP Conference 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brenda Popp, chair of the business, law and technology division at WWU, will accept the certificate on behalf of William Woods.

“When examining where our business alumni are after three, five or eight years, they have obtained good jobs making good salaries, on average,” Popp said. “Interestingly, when interviewing many of our alumni, they have overcome various challenges. Many indicated that, due to their strong business faculty-student relationships, they had the confidence to be persistent in achieving their goals.”

ACSBP_Approved_cleanupACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of the institutional leadership, strategic planning processes, relationships with the community, and quality of academic programs to determine whether the institution offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

Primarily responsible for pursuing WWU’s accreditation, in addition to Popp, were Dr. Lee Bailey, dean of graduate business programs, and David Forster, former dean of graduate business programs.

“For decades, William Woods University has offered top-notch programs in business and accounting,” Bailey said. “The professional successes of our alumni are proof of this. The accreditation process was important to the administration and the faculty at WWU because it demonstrates that our programs are demanding, thorough, and appropriate for today’s business and accounting professionals.”

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the

Felicia English, who earned her MBA at William Woods, now is an admissions counselor at her alma mater.
Felicia English, who earned her MBA at William Woods, now is an admissions counselor at her alma mater.

accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education.

William Woods University is an independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution serving the educational needs of both men and women. William Woods has an enrollment of about 3,000 students, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in campus and outreach settings and online.

The 200-acre main campus is located in the mid-Missouri community of Fulton. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of the individual.

For more information, contact Popp at brenda.popp@williamwoods.edu or 573-592-4377, Bailey at lee.bailey@williamwoods.edu or 573-592-4272 or Melinda Dorning, ACBSP assistant director of marketing and communications, at mdorning@acbsp.org or 913-339-9356.